Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

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331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
Daily: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Extended hours Memorial Day-Labor Day: Saturday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Free Weekend Activities

Safari Backpacks   
Explore Manasquan Reservoir with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The contents of the backpacks will change seasonally.

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world.
Hands-on Learning
Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment.
Free Nature Programs   
Free nature programs are offered on most weekends. Listed below are upcoming programs. Call 732-751-9453 for more information about these free programs.    

Wonderful Woodpeckers
Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29 (self-directed)
Discover fun facts about these wood drilling birds.  Craft available.

Lovely Lady Slippers
Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6 (self-directed)
Uncover interesting facts about the Pink Lady Slipper.

Macro-Invertebrate Training
Sunday, May 6 from 1-3 p.m.      
This is a special introductory opportunity for teachers, students, members of local environmental organizations or other interested folks to discover how to monitor water quality using just nets to examine aquatic macro-invertebrates, which are animals without a backbone that can be seen with the naked eye. Dress to get dirty. Open to ages 12 & up. Please pre-register for the event by calling Sue Provost at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center at 732-751-9453. Please contact Joe Reynolds, senior park naturalist, with any questions at 732-787-3033, ext. 2#. 

Bats of New Jersey 
Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13 (self-directed)
Learn about our local bats - both those that migrate through the state and those who live here year round.

Terrific Tadpoles  
Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20 (self-directed)
Follow the journey of frogs and salamanders from egg to adulthood.

Fledgling Finders 
Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27 (self-directed)
Find out when and how to help a baby bird. 






  • Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Interstate 195 west. Proceed on I-195 west to Exit 28B, Rt. 9 north-Freehold. Stay in right lane when entering Rt. 9 north. At first traffic light, turn right onto Georgia Tavern Road. Follow Georgia Tavern Road for 0.3 mile. Continue straight for Environmental Center on right or turn right onto Windeler Rd. and continue 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center Reservoir Area on left.
  • State Hwy. 9 south from Freehold to Georgia Tavern Rd. Use Jughandle to turn left onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Proceed as above.